Re: Hurd on VMware ?
>> From: Marcus Brinkmann <Marcus.Brinkmann@ruhr-uni-bochum.de>
>> On Fri, Mar 03, 2000 at 01:48:43PM +0200, Norbert Nemec wrote:
>> > > On Thu, Mar 02, 2000 at 09:41:53AM -0500, Cowboy wrote:
>> > > >
>> > > > I hadn't thought about VMWare, but it has several advantages.
>> > >
>> > > Just for the record, it has also the disadvantage of being
>> > > proprietary software (read: non-free).
>> > True, that is a disadvantage - but as long as we do not get dependent on it
>> > in any way - why not make use of it? For the moment it is just a matter of
>> > comfort: Some people buy two computers to create a network for the hurd,
>> > why should not others buy a second "virtual" computer for the same
>> > purpose?
>> I don't want to start a philosophical discussion, but working with and free
>> software is only barely related to convenience for me.
I don't think I understand, but agree with not getting into philosophy.
>> > > > For me, the ability to make a SCSI disk appear to be an IDE disk,
>> > > > has temporarily solved several problems.
>> > >
>> > > We would still like to solve the real problem, though ;)
>> > As soon as we have solved this problem and many others like the hurd
>> > console and the X-Servers under hurd, there will be no reason to use
>> > VMware any more (except for people who do real work on the kernel and
>> > have plenty of crashes every day...)
>> I think that there will always be people who will pull the convenience
>> argument. "Just this little piece of non-free software until there is a free
>> replacement". There is always a further little piece of convenient non-free
>> software out there that might be desireable to some.
My position is entirely different.
It's not simply a matter of convienience.
I own a license for VMware, which is far from "free".
I'm legally entitled to use it, and have no intention of replacing it.
I intend to quit using it with the Hurd, as soon as the problem preventing
a true scsi boot is resolved.
In the mean time, this is one of the reasons I bought it.
>> However, I really don't care very much if you use some non-free software or
>> not. I just wanted to point it out to those who might wonder why VMWare is
>> not widely advocated if it is such a cool thing.
It's a very cool thing, IF you have reason to purchase, as are many things,
such as a Microsoft system, in its place.
If there is some problem with using a legit purchased tool in the pursuit of
this, or any, free project, then I'm mis-informed, and perhaps I need an update
on what's acceptable, and what's not.
If I'm out of line, it's due to ignorance, not malice. :-)
Make headway at work. Continue to let things deteriorate at home.